February 6, 2014 Subject:
Loved this movie.Huber does the best Jon Lovitz I've ever seen.
March 4, 2012 Subject:
loved the movie
Anna May Wong, plays this character very well in my eyes.
May 28, 2011 Subject:
Give It A Pass
Here's a story of brave and determined Chinese aided by Americans and a woman of the world, free of national interests. Against them are corrupt and brutal Japanese occupiers aided by a venal and corrupt German. Typical WWII rah rah. It might have worked with a decent script and director. There certainly was talent in the cast. But no. This is a boring, slowly paced time waster.
The dogfighting scene early in the film, supposedly between a Flying Tigers bomber and Zeroes, looked initially like a few commercial passenger planes looping around with occasional rat-a-tat-tat effects added. Also included was footage of what looked like a Zero, a Messerschmitt 109, a Lancaster or Mitchell bomber, and a biplane.
Of the three notable B movie actors in this, only Mae Clarke gives anything to her performance. I've seen Harold Huber play a number of nationalities and play them well, but as a Japanese General he's terrible. Anna May Wong is good in the climatic scene when she shoots him, but otherwise she sleepwalks through the movie, and she was the star. Such a waste.
I downloaded the 700MB AVI file. Video and audio quality were fine.
A terminally flawed W.W. II potboiler set in Japanese occupied China. The title character, and leader of an insurgent band, is played by the first Chinese-American to reach something like star status, Anna May Wong. She isn't at her best in this role, and it isn’t easy to pinpoint exactly why. A guess is, like everything else in this production, she was probably rushed through it without adequate preparation. (Released just months after the Pearl Harbor attack.) Mae Clarke is convincing as a cynical woman of the world, but Harold Huber is badly miscast as an evil Japanese general. The script is primitive, as are the few special effects. Being a PRC, the production values are better than average for a B-feature. There are a few telling dramatic moments, and at least all the Chinese characters are actually played by Chinese actors. This is only a two star film. Nevertheless I'm giving it three, because regardless of quality, the chances to see Anna May Wong are now few and far between. Good print.
CAST NOTE: Although she later developed a television career, Mae Clarke probably is best known for the infamous grapefruit scene in "Public Enemy."